With 12 new Kenworth tractors powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) using Cummins-Westport 12 L spark-ignited CNG engines, CNG Energy LLC needed a refuelling station. California-based TruStar Energy, designer and builder of CNG fueling infrastructure across North America, has been selected for the project.
CNG Energy Vice President Rocky Ormiston, who has been associated with CNG fuel for several years, thought choosing CNG tractors was an obvious choice. “It all started with our family farm. We have been using CNG to power our irrigation engines for 20 years,” said Ormiston, adding that the advent of the 12-liter Cummins Westport engine made the decision even easier. The tractors are scheduled to haul ethanol co-products from the local ethanol plant as well as corn and sorghum into the plant.
“Two things that we immediately appreciated with natural gas were the cost per MCF (million cubic feet) and its price stability over time,” said Ormiston. “You can do a lot of projections as far as budgeting is concerned without the threat of price spikes. We’re also using a domestic fuel source instead of something coming in on a tanker from overseas.” CNG has been considerably cheaper on a gallon equivalent when compared to diesel, ultimately resulting in a dramatic savings in fuel.
The CNG Energy station will feature two public fast-fill dispensers with volume that will support not only their own Kenworth tractors, but other commercial fleets and private vehicles as well.
Public fueling infrastructure is one of the most critical elements needed to ensure the future of alternative fuel and CNG Energy’s station provides another fueling point in a critical part of the country.
The station is scheduled to be online in late June.
(Source: TruStar Energy)